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June 11th, 2014

Published study finds social media souring marriages

Emerging Media

Findings from a series of studies performed by a group of researchers including Emerging Media Studies professor James Katz show a correlation between heavy social media use and marriage dissatisfaction. Using data from surveys conducted in 2008 to 2010, the researchers found that a 20 percent increase in Facebook users by state would increase divorce […]


May 6th, 2014

Study links social media use with dissatisfaction among couples

Emerging Media

Time spent on social network sites such as Facebook could be an indicator of a failing marriage, according to a team of researchers that included Dr. James Katz, Feld Professor of Emerging Media at Boston University. Katz teamed with Sebastian Valenzuela and Daniel Halpern of the Catholic University of Chile in examining data from the […]


April 30th, 2014

COM in the News: April 2014

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Advertising Jacob Groshek Assistant Professor, Mass Communication ThinkProgress, How Ad Companies Can Ruin Selfies For Everyone (4/8/14) Business T. Barton Carter Chair, Department of Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations Professor, Communication and Law The Boston Globe, Aereo’s $97m question for the Supreme Court (4/13/14) Caryl Rivers Professor, Journalism NPR, The New Realities Of The […]


April 15th, 2014

Lecture: Have Universities Lost Their Way?

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Colleges and universities in the West derive from medieval bodies established primarily for teaching and training (principally in law and medicine). Their purposes were established by reference to a common culture, common goals, and a common source of normative authority. By stages, things changed with the reformation and the development of civic universities. The first […]


January 8th, 2014

COM in the News: December 2013

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Law Douglas Starr Co-director of Science Journalism Program Co-director, Center for Science & Medical Journalism Professor of Journalism The New Yorker, The interrogation: Do police interrogation techniques produce false confessions?” (12/9/13) NPR “Fresh Air,” Beyond good cop/Bad cop: A look at real-life interrogations (12/5/13) WBUR “Radio Boston,” The strategy behind a police interrogation (12/10/13) WNYC, […]


December 20th, 2013

Call for Conference Papers

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CALL FOR PAPERS: VISUAL LEARNING: PICTURES – PARABLES – PARADOXES
With the linguistic turn having become past history, and the iconic turn no doubt victorious, second thoughts are gradually arising: Is that victory not a much too complete one? Are philosophers, cognitive scientists, media theorists, and educationalists in particular, sufficiently aware of the dangers the neglect of a polished verbal logic and of verbal culture imply? Maintaining the right equilibrium between the pictorial and the verbal has once more become a burning issue. Conference to take place in Budapest, November 14–15, 2014
Conference organized by the Visual Learning Lab, Department of Technical Education, Budapest University of Technology and Economics.


April 30th, 2013

COM in the News: April 2013

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Faculty Books Richard Lehr Professor, Journalism The Somerville News, Exploring the ‘why’ of Whitey (5/21/13) Mitch Zuckoff Professor, Journalism USA Today, Frozen in time: An epic story of survival and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II (5/24/13) The Boston Globe, Book review: ‘Frozen in Time’ by Mitchell Zuckoff (5/27/13) Film Mary […]


April 8th, 2013

COM in the News: March 2013

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Advertising Chris Cakebread Master Lecturer Los Angeles Times, Honda splits its advertising account among three firms (3/19/13) John Verret Associate Professor, Advertising The New York Times, Why advertisers often ignore Baby Boomers (3/7/13) The Boston Globe, Ad firm Mullen wins $200m Acura advertising account (3/20/13) Film & TV Deborah L. Jaramillo Assistant Professor, Film & […]


March 1st, 2013

COM in the News: February 2013

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Media John Carroll Assistant Professor, Mass Communication WBUR’s “Here and Now”, Super Bowl Ads: Winners and Losers (2/4/13) Thomas Fiedler Dean, College of Communication Professor of the Practice, Journalism Media Matters for America, Journalists on NRA “Enemies List” speak out (2/5/13) Richard Lehr Professor, Journalism The Boston Globe, Book review: ‘Whitey’ by Dick Lehr and […]


February 7th, 2013

COM in the news: November 2012

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COM professors sought for commentary recently include: Election 2012/Politics Fred Bayles Director, State House Program Associate Professor, Journalism The Boston Herald, Media panel left holding the bag for cancelled debate (11/1/12) Tobe Berkovitz Associate Professor, Advertising Sun Chronicle, Ballot questions raise barely a peep ahead of election (11/3/12) The Lowell Sun, Candidates for president, Senate […]